Monday, July 20, 2009


McDonald's fast-food restaurants employ more than 1.5 million people worldwide -- in the U.S., 1 out of 4 adults worked at a McDonald's prior to age 21

In Canada and the U.S., the most productive workday is Tuesday and is also the workday with the least absenteeism

Before the advent of toilet tissue, French royalty used fine linen to wipe their bottoms

Common pesticides used to kill cockroaches, termites, fleas and ants can be found in trace amounts, and sometimes higher, in the bodies of 98% of Americans

Early Romans used porcupine quills as toothpicks

Eleven towns in the United States are named Moscow

At any given time in the United States, about 4% of women are pregnant

About 3% of women worldwide will give birth to twins -- this is an increase of nearly 60% in the past 25 years (the highest percentage of women who give birth to twins are women over age 40, followed by women who use fertility treatments)

Nigeria has the highest rate of twin births in the world at around 5% -- scientists theorize that this may be related to the high intake of yams in the Nigerian diet

A single 75-watt light bulb emits more light than three 25-watt bulbs

1 in every 9,000 people is albino

On average, 1 out of 43 people jailed in the U.S. will attempt to escape -- of those that succeed, 94% are re-captured within 48 hours

Outside of the bedroom, the most common place for Americans to have sex is in the car, followed by a hotel room, their workplace, or outdoors

Throughout the world, 1 out of 4 people report having had one sexual partner, while 1 out of 5 claim to have had at least ten sexual partners

The United States produces 250 million tons of garbage each year -- Canada generates 31 million tons

Your sense of smell is about 10,000 times more sensitive than your sense of taste

Even small noises cause the human eye to dilate

Your teeth start growing about 6 months before you are born -- these "teeth buds" will eventually form a child's first set of teeth appearing usually within the first 6-8 months of life, while 1 out of 2,000 newborns are born with at least one tooth

About 4% of the world's population will have sex today (240 million)

Women in the world comprise 51% of the population, perform nearly 2/3 of all work hours, receive 1/10 of world income, and own less than 1/100 of the world's property

Spiders are not insects because they have eight legs -- centipedes and millipedes are also disqualified

All insects have 3 body parts (head, thorax, abdomen), six-jointed legs, two antennae, and an exoskeleton

The only letter that does not appear in the Periodic Table of the Elements: J

The Tokyo Zoo closes for two months each year to give the animals in captivity a holiday from visitors

New Zealand was the first nation to grant women the right to vote (1893)

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